In 2022, Porsche had broken the Nürburgring record of the Tesla Model S. With the new track package, the Texans wanted to get it back. But does it work?
The Nordschleife of the Nürburgring is considered one of the toughest race tracks in the world. In addition to the legendary 24-hour race, the manufacturers are also chasing records here. In 2021, for example, Tesla set the official record for electric cars with the Model S Plaid. Just one year later, however, Porsche discontinued it, which the Texans did not let sit on.
And so the electric car pioneer dared to try again with the Model S Plaid about ten months after the Porsche record. This time, however, with the new track package, which includes carbon-ceramic brakes. Tesla promises the "ultimate racetrack experience". And what better way to prove that than with a record drive through the Green Hell!
Thanks to Track Package: Tesla pulverizes Porsche record
As in 2021, Tesla has reason to cheer again a good two years later. The optimized Model S Plaid lapped the Nordschleife in 7:25.23 minutes. As a result, the Texans took around eight seconds off the electric competition from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.
In the duel for the record on the Nordschleife, Tesla is once again ahead. (Collage) © Porsche/Tesla
Compared to the first record drive of 2021, the Tesla Model S Plaid with the Track Package even improved by over ten seconds. At that time, a lap time of 7:35.579 minutes was confirmed. This was also made possible because the Track package also makes changes to the software and allows speeds of up to 322 km/h.
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However, the Model S Plaid was not quite as fast on the record drive through the Eifel. In a video shared by Tesla on social media, you can see that the electric car raced at up to 289 km/h over the 20.8-kilometer Nordschleife.
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The only question is: How long can Tesla celebrate the record this time? Because it is probably only a matter of time before Porsche will strike back in the Nürburgring battle with the Texans. A matching prototype of the Taycan with allegedly 1,000 hp was spotted on the Nordschleife in autumn. In the duel for the fastest series-produced electric car, the last word is far from being spoken.